Category Archives: People and the Ocean

Plastic Bits are Food? An Anchovy’s Perspective…

Anchovies can smell plastic pieces in the ocean and mistake them for food. Plastic bits or food-they all smell the same to me. Hi, I’m Annie, and I’m an anchovy. You may have seen my colleagues in a tin can … Continue reading

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Coral Reef Bleaching—Why the Great Barrier Reef is in Trouble

Why are the corals on the Great Barrier Reef off of Australia bleaching? Why is coral bleaching important? First a little background on corals. Hi, I’m Polly, a coral polyp. The animal you think of as “coral” is actually made … Continue reading

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Thank you Dr. Jane Goodall!

Today I heard Dr. Jane Goodall speak for the 5th time at the Wildlife Conservation Network Expo in San Francisco, CA. Dr. Jane is my personal role model and hero. After hearing her speak for the first time at a … Continue reading

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Happy World Oceans Day!

Happy World Oceans Day! Each June 8 I stop and ponder the state of the oceans. It’s not a pretty picture as there is overfishing, pollution and climate change effects to worry about. Since I last wrote this post, “The … Continue reading

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What it’s Like to SCUBA Dive: Part I

I have returned from a SCUBA diving trip to the Big Island of Hawaii, and I am inspired to share the joy of diving with those that may never learn to dive. PADI, a leading SCUBA diving organization that certifies … Continue reading

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Tentacles Exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

The Tentacles exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium contains many species of cephalopods from oceans around the world. Cephalopods include Octopus, Squid, Cuttlefish, and Nautilus. Many species in this exhibit have never been on display before. I am a cephalopod … Continue reading

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Whale Shark Snorkeling off of Cancun, Mexico

Snorkeling with Whale sharks off of Cancun, Mexico Last summer (2012), I got the once-in-a lifetime opportunity to swim with whale sharks off of Cancun, Mexico. Whale sharks are the largest fish and the largest shark in the ocean, yet … Continue reading

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The 3 Most Pressing Ocean Issues for World Oceans Day

This World Oceans Day I would like to reflect on the state of the oceans. There are 3 major issues facing the oceans. They are (in no particular order): 1. Overfishing 2. Climate Change 3. Pollution 1.Overfishing *It is estimated … Continue reading

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An Extreme Introvert’s Post Science Online 2013 Conference Wrap-up

Now that I am firmly ensconced back in my home life, it feels like ScienceOnline 2013 was just a dream. Good thing I have all the Scio13 swag as proof I went! For those who have never heard of it, … Continue reading

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Blue is the New Green

Blue is the new green. Growing scientific research is proving what real estate agents, restaurant owners, and hotel managers have always known; an ocean view commands a premium price. What is it about the ocean that is so magnetic (and … Continue reading

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